Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator's Certificate - Australian Government

Service summary

You may need this licence if you intend on operating a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for commercial, government or research purposes.

You will need this licence if you intend on flying small (2-25kg), medium (25-150kg) or large (>150kg) RPA for commercial purposes.

You will not need this licence if you intend on flying an RPA for recreational or sporting purposes. RPA for recreational use may include but are not limited to: model aircraft, remote controlled aeroplanes and helicopters, blimps, rockets, kites, pyrotechnics and drones.

You will not need this licence if you intend on flying a very small (<2kg) RPA. If you intend on operating a very small RPA for commercial purposes you only have to provide notification to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) at least five days before the first commercial flight and operate by the standard operating conditions.

You will not need this licence if you are a private landowner and intend on carrying out commercial-like operations on your own land with a small (2-25kg) RPA provided that you follow the standard operating conditions and none of the parties involved receive remuneration. If you intend on operating a medium (25-150kg) RPA you will not need this licence but you will need a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL). 

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To receive this licence you will need to:

  • obtain a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)      
  • complete an Application for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Operator?s Certificate (OC)
  • complete and submit supporting documentation including your Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems RPAS operations manual and RPAS operations Library
  • be assessed and interviewed by a CASA inspector.

Commencement

Upon certification, RPA Operators Certificates (ReOC) are valid for an initial twelve months, requiring the operator to renew after one year of operating. Upon renewal, ReOCs are then valid for three years.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$1,440.00

ReOC licence.

RenewRenewal$480.00

Other resources

 Resources
Apply RPAS Operations Manual Opens in a new browser window

Approval time

As of August 2016, the expected certification process takes approximately eighty working days from receipt of payment.

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems


Operating address:
16 Furzer Street
Phillip, Australian Capital Territory 2606
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 2005
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Phone:

1300737032
rpas@casa.gov.au

Supporting information

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